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October 12, 2009

Wisconsin Public Radio: Wisconsin Medical marijuana bill proposed; based on Michigan law

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, October 12, 2009

Here is a report from WI Public Radio regarding the Jacki Rickert MMJ Act.

Wisconsin Medical marijuana bill proposed; based on Michigan law
Source: Fox 21 click here
Mon, 10/12/2009 - 1:39pm

By Brian Bull, Wisconsin Public Radio

MADISON (WPR) New legislation for legalizing medical marijuana is being drafted in the Wisconsin legislature. Sponsors say this latest bill will be based on a medical cannabis law recently approved by Michigan voters.

Last year, about two-thirds of Michigan voters approved the legalization of marijuana for severely ill patients. That inspired State Representative Mark Pocan and State Senator Jon Erpenbach to push – again-- for legalized medical marijuana in Wisconsin. Erpenbach says Michigan’s law gives credibility to their cause. Erpenbach says the proposal will be tailored to Wisconsin, with a doctor’s prescription needed. A non-profit corporation has also been proposed to dispense and distribute marijuana.

The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act is named for a 58-year-old Mondovi resident with several chronic ailments affecting her bones and joints. Jacki Rickert says she’s been on cannabis therapy since the 1990s, and it’s helped her endure both pain and nausea. At first, Rickert says her daughter carried her from room to room and she was told, “If we don’t get weight on you, you will die”. Rickert, who once weighed 68 pounds is now up to 94 pounds.

The bill also now includes PTSD as a qualifying condition. If passed, Wisconsin would become the 14th state to legalize medical marijuana. Opponents say patients are best helped with tested and approved drugs that are already legal.


Information from Wisconsin Public Radio, www.wpr.org

Posted by Gary at October 12, 2009 03:28 PM


I really hope we get this. Its been along time comming!

Posted by: Mr.greenthumb [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 26, 2009 10:26 AM

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